Stories Make Us Human

Diversity makes our lives richer

What makes us human? That is a big question with no easy answer – but one of the things that make us human are STORIES. They let us know about other experiences, what other people think, and what they feel. By sharing stories, we become better people and realise that we have so much in common with each other.

Storytime was created to share our love of stories. Some are new, some are old. Some are from our homes, and some are from far-flung corners of the world – and they have heroes of many cultures and creeds. These heroes all have different experiences, but the quality that makes them heroes is universal: they believe that we are all human, that we are all worthwhile, and take a stand against injustice.

Here at Storytime, we believe that it is not where we are from or the culture we are raised in that matters – but the content of our hearts.

One of the most-loved sections of our monthly magazine is ‘Around the World Tales’. It is a chance to travel around the globe in our heads and find tales we’d never come across before – but no matter how far the stories come from, we always find something we can relate to in every one of them!

Our recent issues have included tales about an exiled Vietnamese prince who becomes a watermelon farmer, a lonely lady from Tanzania whose life is transformed by magical calabash-children, and a war between the mightiest volcanoes of New Zealand!

Each of these stories tells us something unique and special about their cultures, but are also about universal things that we all identify with… whether it’s the value of hard work in the face of adversity (‘The Watermelon Prince’), the importance of family (‘The Calabash Kids’), or the conflicts that can come from love (‘The Battle of the Mountains’).

We believe diversity is a fact of life and makes all of our lives richer. We hope that our readers will love the heroes of our stories for their courage, for their intelligence, and for their sense of humour – not their shape, size, or colour, and realise that heroes can come from any culture and from all corners of this world.

Ultimately, what stories and Storytime is about is sharing our tales and recognising our shared humanity – and we hope to do so for many years to come!